Good morning and welcome to our daily digest of automotive news from around the globe, starting with…
Tesla is set to announce record earnings today, but all eyes and ears will be on a new product roadmap for the brand. Investors hope that this includes news of the promised sub-$25,000 EV, while those who placed orders for the Cybertruck will also be hoping for an update on production.
The third-gen Toyota Sequoia has been revealed, replacing an aging design that had been around since 2007. The new truck retains its ties to the Tundra, which means body-on-frame underpinnings. There are a number of distinct trims, including TRD Sport, TRD Offroad, and TRD Pro, for the off-road enthusiasts among us. The interior is similar to the Tundra and is a huge step-up for the model, featuring a 12.3-inch instrument cluster and 8-inch multimedia system with voice control. There’s third-row seating, although it doesn’t fold flat, which may be a drawback for some. Power comes from a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 coupled with an electric motor developing 437 hp (326 kW / 443 PS) and 583 lb-ft (790 Nm) of torque. The V6 hybrid will be the only engine choice but has more power and torque than the outgoing V8.
The BMW 8-Series and M8 have been given their mid-cycle refresh for the 2023 model year. The standard M8 itself is no longer offered, and instead, will only be available in Competition guise. One highlight is the illuminated “Iconic Glow” grille. Other changes include new colors, new wheel choices, and revised intakes. Furthermore, M850i variants gain aerodynamically optimized M mirrors and the option of having classic BMW Motorsport logos applied to the hood, trunk, and wheels in honor of BMW M’s 50th anniversary.
The New York Auto Show is finally set to make a return for 2022, with organizers promising “hundreds of new 2022 and 2023 models.” There will be an electric vehicle test track, as well as a new “Automotive Aftermarket Experience.,” and something called the Micro Mobility Expo, which highlights last-mile electric transportation. The show will begin with press days on April 13–14 before opening to the public on April 15–24.
The Kia EV6 will start at $40,900 before a $7,500 federal tax credit and a $1,215 destination fee, meaning buyers can expect to pay $34,615 for the new electric car. The base model will be known as the EV6 Light and features a 58 kWh battery pack that powers a single rear-mounted electric motor. The EV6 Wind, the longer-range version with a larger 77.4 kWh battery and the more powerful motor will start at $47,000–$40,715 after the tax credit, and destination charge are factored in. Finally, a two-motor all-wheel-drive variant of the EV6 Wind will start at $50,900, or $44,615 after the tax credit and destination charge.
The Porsche 911 Safari inches closer to reality, with our spy photographers snapping a prototype undergoing winter testing. It’s not the first time we’ve seen it, but this example drops some camouflage, revealing a fixed rear wing, new front bumper design, and plastic moldings for the sells and wheel arch spats.
What Else Is Making The News
Chips Are Down — Again
Semiconductor stocks continue to fall due to the global chip shortage. The BBC reports that a survey of more than 150 firms found supplies had fallen from an average of 40 days’ worth in 2019 to just five days in late 2021.
Fight Club Gets A New Ending In China
❌ China has given the classic film ‘Fight Club’ a new, censored ending.
Last weekend, it premiered on the Chinese streaming platform Tencent Video – but with some major cuts.
— Telegraph Film (@TelegraphFilm) January 25, 2022
Over twenty years after the film first came out, authorities in China have given the ending to the film Fight Club a new twist. Users of Chinese streaming site Tencent noticed that the final scene had been cut from the movie, replaced with a caption explaining to audiences that the authorities arrived just in time to save the day.